This is why soccer should use instant replays

November 19, 2009 at 12:58 pm (Sports)

France qualified for World Cup 2010 after scoring the equalizer following a blatant handball from Thierry Henry, in the extratime of the playoff game against Ireland. This is the reason why instant replays should be used in soccer. This huge mistake by the refs shattered the Irish World Cup dreams, and France goes through in a disgusting, undeserved fashion. Of course, in a normal season, a game lost because of the refs isn’t the end of the world – there are 37 other games to right the wrong. But in the extratime of a playoff game? This shouldn’t happen.

Soccer is the last of the major sports that is still surprisingly reluctant to the idea of using video replays for big decisions. America paved the way – all their major leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) use video replays for certain game moments, and, well, champions are champions because they deserve to be, not because they cheated their way to winning. Why soccer doesn’t to so, is beyond me. It’s like they don’t want to get rid of referee mistakes.

Needless to say, France quickly climbed my shitlist all the way to top three – alongside historical fellow cheaters Italy and Portugal. Hopefully they’ll have a miserable World Cup. It’s not like they deserve to be there, anyway.

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